Generalizing the Pedestal with a Circuit


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Generalize the Pedestal with a Circuit

We do a lot of exercise ball work here at PVybe HQ with dogs that are not well versed in our foundation or very confident with the Pedestal Skill. What we do is immediately generalize the object from easy to hard.

  1. Table – up-pup… shovel cookies… off… cookie.
  2. A Small Stool: up-pup… shovel cookies… off… cookie.
  3. A Chair: up-pup… shovel cookies… off… cookie.
  4. A tall stool: up-pup… shovel cookies… off… cookie.
  5. A weird stool: up-pup… shovel cookies… off… cookie.
  6. Then we go to the ball: up-pup… shovel cookies… off… cookie.

This circuit happens in under 2 minutes. If the dog doesn’t get on the ball, we repeat the Circuit.

This circuit train with easier Pedestals creates a wider understanding of the skill and also creates a wave of success that our dogs can ride to overcome the great challenge of the ball.